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-- battle in seattle, hundreds of people were arrested, mass protests in the streets. the next big meetings were in doha -- trade meetings -- in doha. very expensive for people to get to, and also they knew that dissent was not welcome. today, we are not far from a central prison where a poet has been sentenced to life in prison for a poem that inspired by the arab spring. >> that is a question that should be put squarely at the united nations secretariats, because they play a role in facilitating the decision. it is unfortunate that we are in this place at a time where -- especially young people -- are desperate to add their voices. you saw in past summits the energy and vibrancy the young people bring. it has been prohibitively expensive to get here. the numbers we can see are much less. still, as civil society, we have to be critical of ourselves at this point. we have to ask ourselves, while we are here, we do not have large numbers of people outside of the white house, outside different capitals of the world. at the end of the day, the u.n. process can be as good or as bad as the indiv
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